The leading independent magazine for all those interested in the choral and organ worlds.
Choir & Organ shines a global spotlight on two distinctive fields of creativity, celebrating inventiveness and excellence in all their forms. We aim to inspire our readers through giving a platform to conductors, organists, composers, and choirs of every kind; and showcasing the imaginative craft of pipe organ building across the centuries, critiquing new organs and tackling ethics in restoring historic instruments.
Specialist writers appraise new editions and recordings of standard repertoire and works fresh from the composer's pen, while our news and previews chart the latest developments in a changing world and present opportunities to become involved. Choir & Organ is an invitation to engage with two unique areas of music – to explore the new, and look again at the familiar.
Flentrop Orgelbouw’s new organ for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire draws on the techniques of baroque master builder Arp Schnitger; US choral conductor André Thomas talks to David Hill about how to increase diversity in choirs; how the Skylark Ensemble's themed programmes take their audiences on narrative and musical journeys; and Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite launches a series on church music and organs.
Plus, as Encore Publications celebrates its 30th anniversary, founder Tim Rogers talks about the importance of supporting young composers and making good choral music available; our report from the triennial Canadian International Organ Competition, where for the first time finalists performed in La Maison symphonique; composer Shruthi Rajasekar introduces her score Who has seen the wind? for unaccompanied choir, commissioned by Choir & Organ for our 2022 New Music partners VOCES8; Rieger Orgelbau’s new instrument for Helsinki is the firm’s latest showcase for innovative design; surveying the choral canons of US composers William Bolcom and John Harbison; and Tenebrae general manager Alexandra Davies.